The Yoga Studio Carlisle

Ashtanga Yoga Programme with Emma Vasquez

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of hatha yoga; the roots originate from the town of Mysore in the south of India.This method is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during his studies with Krishnamacharya. Emma has been taught Ashtanga Yoga by Manju Pattabhi Jois and received authorisation from him in November 2019

The traditional way of practice is called ‘Mysore style’.

Ashtanga yoga is a system composed of series of different asanas (physical postures). They are synchronised with three very important points of focus we call the ‘tristhana’. This is composed of the bandha’s (energetic locks), breath (Ujjiyi) and dristi (eye focus).

In a Mysore style practice the postures are introduced little by little depending on the capacity of the student. By practicing regularly, the student builds up strength, stability and flexibility progressively and safely. Mysore practice is perfect for beginners as the student recieves 1:1 attention, guidance and verbal/hands on adjustments. As well as having the practice broken down and explained to you, you’ll be given a whole different world of yoga as we maintain the deep rich tradition of Ashtanga Yoga.

The breathing technique called Ujjayi, or victorious breath consists of puraka (inhalation) and rechaka (exhalation), both the inhale and exhale should be steady and even, the length of the inhale should be the same as the exhale. Over time the length of the breath and intensity of it should increase, the increased stretching of the breath initiates the increased stretching of the body. Long even breathing also increases in the internal fire and strengthens the nervous system.

The first series was structured to realign and detoxify the body. the intermediate series has a large impact on the nervous system.

Here at the Yoga Studio we have an Ashtanga programme of eight classes per week. You can come to any of these classes on a pay as you go basis or you can enjoy the benefits of an Ashtanga membership for £40 per month, which entitles you to attend all of these Ashtanga classes on a monthly basis. If you are a Gold or Platinum Member you can upgrade your membership to include the Ashtanga programme for £15 or £10 per month respectively.

These six morning classes are traditional Mysore Style practice, and available for those new to yoga through to those already practising.

The main focus of this style of practice is to guide and adjust you in the poses so you can gain a deeper insight of how to work into postures and, with Emma’s extensive knowledge, you will deepen your own practice.

You do not have to arrive at 6am and stay until the end of the session. Just turn up at any time after 6am to start your practice and Emma will support you with advice and adjustments.

Early morning yoga practices are a great way to energise & detoxify, aiding a better sleep pattern & wellbeing. Emma also has senior yoga teacher Martin Scott teaching on this programme- Martin is certified to teach primary series by M.P.Jois and Damian Sealey who is their a Mysore apprentice.

6:00 - 8:30am
Mysore Ashtanga with Emma
6:00 - 8:30am
Mysore Ashtanga with Martin
6:00 - 7:00am
Half Counted Primary Ashtanga Series with Emma
6:00 - 8:30am
Mysore Ashtanga with Emma
6:00 - 8:30am
Mysore Ashtanga with Emma
6:00 - 7:30am
Full Led Primary Series with Emma
6:00 - 8:30am
Mysore Ashtanga with Emma
7:00 - 9:30am
Mysore Ashtanga with Damian

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If you have any questions about our Ashtanga Yoga Programme, please do get in touch.

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